Life keeps on racing past us and this heavily influences the way we approach it. Everything becomes bound by time and the more time we spend on something the less time we have to do something else. Errands have to be run, bills have to be paid, and some leisure time should also be scheduled in, which means there isn’t much space for a healthy lifestyle. Eating forms part of that healthy lifestyle.
How about instead of just eating quickly, what about we take a listen to the healthy parts of our bodies? Mindful eating entails taking into consideration what your body is telling you about how you should be eating. This also means that you will have to be able to make the distinction between a craving and a necessity. Learn about the 3 principles of mindful eating below and transform your life.
Make An Effort
When you prepare a meal then eat it within a space that is specifically focused on you enjoying the food. For breakfast people usually sit in the Kitchen, so don’t eat other meals in the kitchen unless it’s breakfast. For lunch you might want to use the dinner table instead of in front of the television.
The purpose of this exercise is not to get distracted. Through our distractions we start eating ignorantly. Without thinking we eat, because our phones, a movie or even work has all our attention. Find a place and implement things that will help you focus on what you are about to eat. Or more importantly, how quickly you are going to eat. Play music or light candles to help make the mood nicer.
Eat And Listen
Now that all the distractions are set aside, let’s look at how you should be eating. Your meal time has all your attention, now it’s just a matter of enjoying the moment.
Start by eating with your eyes. Take a nice look at the delicious food and imagine what they are going to taste like. After taking a small and bite sized amount onto a fork you take a good smell, once again taking in how good it is. Look at the texture and color.
It’s also good to make a decision on how much you want to eat before you start. By now everyone has gotten to know the different levels of hunger and what it feels like to eat just enough. Eating too much leaves a person feeling fatigue while somebody that eats too little don’t have energy.
Now instead of starting with your favorite foods, start with what you don’t like so much. Take a bite with some purpose and actually taste it. Is it salty or sweet? Juicy or dry? Try to experience all the different flavors before swallowing. Once you get to your favorite food ask yourself if you are really hungry, or can you afford to save it for later?
Last but not least, don’t be active while you’re eating. Don’t walk around or talk on the phone. Sit down and take your time.
What Does Your Body Tell You?
As you go through the whole experience, relishing each bite and checking every now and then whether the stomach is filled with just the right amount food to sustain energy and alertness, look at how your body responds.
Chances are you won’t ever feel bloated or tired after eating again. You will also lose some weight if that is your aim, because you will be respecting the limits of your stomach.
Despite how simple mindful eating seems, the affect it has on our daily lives is substantial. Diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, all these things can be caused due to eating quickly and without thinking. How mundane does mindful eating sound now?